Stories tagged with: Muskingum Behavioral Health

November 18, 2013 - 5:25pm
1 year 46 weeks ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine calls heroin a statewide epidemic and the drug is also on the rise in our area.

Dewine says state statistics compiled by his office from more than 40 coroners in Ohio suggest heroin related deaths are at an all time high. CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says that the economy and easier access to the drug are key reasons for the uprise of heroin use in Southeast Ohio.

"If a person goes off their pain medication there is a...

September 9, 2013 - 4:44pm
2 years 4 weeks ago

There is a new and dangerous craze among young adults and teens, instead of drinking alcohol, they are smoking it.

The practice of inhaling alcohol has become popular through two main motivations: a diet option, because you are not ingesting the calories of alcohol and to experience a faster and stronger high.

"Bottom line is, you're ingesting alcohol at a very fast rate and in a manner that it doesn't start to metabolize,” said CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health...

August 26, 2013 - 4:51pm
2 years 6 weeks ago

Researchers and authorities in Ohio are reporting there is a huge jump in the number of meth addicts and meth labs being seized.

In all of 2012, 607 labs were seized by police in Ohio. as of the end of June, there have already been 635 labs seized this year. In the past five years, the number has jumped a staggering 467 percent, and there are a couple of reasons why.

"It's inexpensive, it's readily available, you can make it yourself, that way you don't have to get caught...

July 23, 2013 - 4:39pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

 The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network studies drug trends throughout Ohio and they've released their January 2013 report of drug abuse trends in the 16 county Athens region. The study found that a cheaper version of heroin called, "black tar heroin" is on the rise.

"It's less pure, it's got more impurities in it," said CEO of the Muskingum Behavorial Health Center, Steve Carrel. "It's just more a way of classifying it it you will. It looks like...

July 22, 2013 - 4:12pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

The untimely death of Hollywood actor and star of Glee, Cory Monteith is a good example that drug abuse affects everyone.

Muskingum Behaviorial Health CEO, Steve Carrel says that just because someone looks healthy does not mean he is.

"He doesn't fit what most people think the stereotype of a drug addict is when in reality he could be the poster child for people addicted to painkillers," said Carrel.

Carrel says that the largest demographic for pain killer abuse...

June 18, 2013 - 6:26pm
2 years 16 weeks ago

I scream, you scream . . . for alcoholic ice cream. The rephrased childhood chant, is the slogan for a type of alcoholic infused product, that may be on Ohio liquor store shelves soon,

Under current Ohio state law, food and confections cannot have any more than one percent alcohol. Tucked away in the state budget bill, that congress began debating on Tuesday, is a proposal that would allow foods to contain up to 20 percent.

"Senator Hite, is worried about Ohio falling behind...

June 11, 2013 - 6:31pm
2 years 17 weeks ago

Concerned citizens, health care workers, law enforcers, educators, social services and more have been trying to fight the drug problem in Muskingum County

In 2012, The Drug Coalition of Muskingum County, was created to build plans and activities to address this issue.

"Last June, we put together what needs to be done first just right off the top of our heads,” said Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO Steve Carrel. “And we wrote all of those down and different teams...

June 3, 2013 - 2:16pm
2 years 18 weeks ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine says synthetic drugs are being tweaked to stay legal.

Monday, Dewine met with the Ohio Pharmacy Board to discuss ways to ban newly created versions of drugs that escape the chemical definitions of state laws. Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO Steve Carrel says these drugs are altered and highly dangerous.

"They are variations on other drugs, K2 spice is synthetic marijuana basically it's plant material sprayed with certain materials to give...

May 14, 2013 - 2:00pm
2 years 21 weeks ago

The Federal Government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has launched an anti-drinking campaign called, "Talk. They Hear You." The goal of the new campaign is for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of drinking alcohol.

"Underage drinking is a national public health issue and it has lots of serious implications. So SAMHSA wanted to do something positive to encourage parents to just sit down and have conversations with their children...

April 26, 2013 - 6:52pm
2 years 23 weeks ago

An Ohio state representative plans to introduce a bill to make medical marijauna use legal in Ohio. Some people are skeptical of its benefits.

State Representative Bob Hagan says he is tired of watching people suffer who would otherwise benefit from the drug. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says marijuana use comes with its own set of negative health concerns.

"We know that that anything smoked increases cancer, increases heart rates and...

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